I heard about Mail-in-a-Box a short while ago and have been intrigued about it ever since.
About a year ago I set myself up a dedicated VPS (Digital Ocean) that is used solely for email. I do have another VPS solely for the web. While I am proud of the work I put in to get the email server working, the more projects I take on the more nervous I become with hosting email for clients.
I’m not going to pretend I can offer xx% guaranteed uptime to them, but I would like to think that whenever anything does wrong, I’m able to fix it. There is where a more web-based UI, robust solution will help me I think. I do however have a few questions before I start the migration:
The migration itself. I have a dedicated IP. I remember when I set up my server initially I did have some issues with the IP being allowed by Microsofts Live/Outlook/Hotmail servers. I satisfied all their requirements and after a day or so myself and Microsoft were getting on just fine. I wouldn’t like to ‘lose’ any of this trust I have built up by either changing what protocols I use or even having to change IP. I expect I will need to run Mail-in-a-Box concurrently with my existing server and migrate all domains etc to it when I’m ready. My fear is that as I set up a new server for MiaB and am allocated a new IP, I will lose any data associated with my existing IP. I may be barking up the wrong tree here totally but any advice would be much appreciated.
I use the DO API to take bi-weekly image backups of my email VPS. What sort of back up measures would be appropriate for MiaB? Presumable I would need data back-ups as well as back-ups of the system and configuration?
I do have my own domain but that is tied to my existing VPS for email. I have access to another domain that I can register for use on MiaB and to some extend, this would be my guinea-pig domain. However I wouldn’t like the latter to become my ‘main’ domain or email address on MiaB though I am happy to use it for initial set-up. Does the first email address registered hold any particular sway in the system?
I think that’s it for now. Apologies for the rather wordy questions but I am really keen to try this solution but just need to be prepared for any pain when migrating an existing email solution. I am a front end web developer by trade so while I do have a good grasp of the technology for email, it’s by now means where my expertise lies!
Thanks in advance and no doubt I’ll have more questions.